See How Osun Troupe Celebrated 2017 World Theatre Day

March 27, 2017

As Nigerians join the World to mark this year’s 2017 World Theatre Day, Theatre practitioners in Osun state were not left out of the celebration as theY took to the streets of Osogbo,the state capital to mark the day.

The men of the “Make ‎Believe World ” from the Osun State Ministry of Information,Culture ,Tourism and Home Affairs  dressed in various attires to depict the mood of the days” celebration walked from the Old Garage Area down to Igbona to Ayetoro through to the Osun State Cultural Centre at Testing Ground singing and performing various dance steps to the rhythms of the drum beats.

At the Osun State Cultural Centre where the troupe converged to celebrate the day after the road show, the Guest Lecturer ,Dr Bayo Afolabi,from the department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in Osun state said theatre is very important to the human life and it is very essential that we all recognize this.
According to him most of the social vices now exhibited by teens  and the youths can be curbed when Dramatic Arts is re -introduced at the primary and secondary levels.

Speaking On “Theatre ‎,A Harbinger Of Peace “,Dr Afolabi said “theatre to some extent is a representation of Life on Stage and it has certain uses in the  human society. It Educates,  Entertains and you can use it to propagate. When there is crisis in the society,you can let people act out a play to show why there must be no crisis.When there are misunderstandings, you can bring theatre  to bring understanding to people at the local, national and international level. Theatre plays a very important role in the society “Dr Afolabi said.

“Theatre also unites people ‎,you are able to get familiar with other people’s norms and culture through theatre. Theatre is more than just entertainment, more than just comedy and government has not been recognising this. You can educate the populace through theatre by using Propaganda either to bring about  peace or any other form.”he said

“I want to believe that part of why we have social problems prevailent  in our society today is because we are not paying attention to our norms and values, to our cultural values as portrayed through theatrical productions. If we can go back to our roots and give theatre the pride of place that it should belong to, you will see that most of the problems we are having will be removed because we don’t develop our local theatre, the tendency is for people to imbibe foreign culture and we can see what that is doing to us. Things that we are not used to are now rearing their ugly heads, it is because we don’t give our own cultural norms and values the pride of place, government therefore should do so many things topromote theatre, build more theatrical centres and not restrict them  to Art Councils only or media houses, there should be Community theatres that will mobilise people in different communities to do the right things in the society. By the time we do this,half of the problems we have socially will be solved. “Dr Afolabi stressed.

The Coordinating Director, Osun state Ministry of Information, culture, Tourism ‎and Home Affairs, Mrs Femi Webster -Esho. Also said “what comes to the mind readily when we talk about International Theatre day is celebration but it goes beyond that, Theatre encompasses entertainment, enlightenment and education. It’s a day of celebration all over the world “Mrs Webster stressed.

” Now things have really changed, theatre practioners are now on the vanguard to promote theatre to the world. People need to embrace theatre because it has to do with life “she appealed.
  March 27th every year has been set aside to mark  the World Theatre Day. World theatre day since 1962 has been celebrated by ITI centres. The day is a celebration for those who can see the value and Importance of the Art form “Theatre ” and it also acts as a wake up call for government, politicians and institutions that have not yet recognised it’s value to the people and realised the  its potential for economic growth.

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